While Damien Chazelle‘s La La Land wears its fondness for old school Hollywood productions proudly on its sleeve, his portrayal of present-day Los Angeles is hardly unflattering. It’s a movie so appealing to the eye it’s almost impossible to see nothing except beauty in La La Land, but it captures a genuinely lovely part of the city: it’s a place a lot of driven and passionate people move to every day.
After seeing the film a second time, it made me want to revisit a few movies set in Los Angeles, including Boogie Nights, The Graduate, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and a few others, which all feature some commentary tracks worth listening to.
Below, check out this January’s movie commentary recommendations.
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When I look back at many of my favorite films, I often find a common thread. One in particular is Jon Favreau. The writer and star of my favorite movie Swingers got his start in another personal fave, Rudy, and went on to direct one of the most important movies of the past decade, Iron Man. Beyond that he’s made a holiday classic in Elf, starred on numerous iconic TV shows, directed TV pilots, the guy has done it all.
Recently, the failure of Cowboys and Aliens made Favreau go back to his indie roots and make Chef. It’s a small, independent film he wrote, directed and stars in that shows Favreau is still as passionate and skillful as ever. It’s really good.
Favreau recently took to Reddit to do an Ask Me Anything, and we’ve pulled news tidbits, fun stories, quotes and more. Among those are an update on casting his next film, Disney’s The Jungle Book, some stories about making Iron Man, Rudy, his thoughts on the cancellation of Revolution, Ben Affleck as Batman, restarting Dinner for Five, Ant-Man, directing a Star Wars movie, handing off the Iron Man franchise and making his new film, Chef. Read our Jon Favreau AMA recap below. Read More »
The once-independent Miramax catalog is getting a new school Hollywood makeover. Founders Harvey and Bob Weinstein, who left the company in 2005 and formed The Weinstein Company, just signed a deal to regain creative control over the Miramax library. Colony Capital purchased it from Disney in 2010, for $660 million. Their first two orders of business will be sequels to Best Picture winner Shakespeare in Love and cult poker film Rounders. They’ll also develop TV series based on Good Will Hunting, Swingers and Flirting with Disaster, and jumpstart development on scripts by Stephen Colbert, Anthony Minghella and Sydney Pollack. Read much more below. Read More »
In this week’s /Filmcast, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley, get blown away by the trailer for Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air, reflect on the creative bankruptcy of the first Hancock, and share a few remembrances of the great Patrick Swayze.
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I’m a collector, always have been, always will be. I’m the kinda guy who has action figures on my computer desk, movie posters on my walls, a wall of dvds and a few select sideshow collectibles on my book shelf. I always find it interesting to learn about other geek’s collections, or even better, geek directors. At Comic Con, Zack Sndyer admitted that he owns a life-size Han Solo frozen in carbonite. Guillermo Del Toro has a whole second home that houses his geeky memorabilia. Jon Favreau had some extra time as he gears up for production on Iron Man 2 and gave a tour of some of the geeky memorabilia in his home.
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